The New York Times issued an extensive article on female self-immolations which occur mainly in Iran and Afghanistan. Good to spread this awful truth – but then I read “Poverty is one reason”. Wait a minute. Poverty? Reason for what? Setting yourself on fire? Are you crazy?!
Then I read: “Iran shares in the culture of suicide by burning.” Culture??? Are you crazy?! Women are oppressed and humilated and beaten till they see death (a death as violent as their life) as their last resort and you call this a “culture”?
And what is about “mental illness often goes undiagnosed or untreated”? That is true, but what is the point concerning self-immolations? There might be cases of disturbed women seeking death through setting themselves alight, but is self-immolation a result of mental illness? Far from it.
Self-immolations occur as a result of the extremely patriarchal, brutal and violent nature of traditional societies. They occur in societies where women have no freedom and no rights whatsoever, where women have no voice, where women are treated worse than cattle, abused, dishonored and disgraced. Not because they are poor or mad.